Québec projects strong cruise growth in 2018

Holland America Line's Maasdam, pictured here at the Port of Montréal, is one of 35 cruise ships scheduled on the St. Lawrence this season Holland America Line's Maasdam, pictured here at the Port of Montréal, is one of 35 cruise ships scheduled on the St. Lawrence this season PHOTO: Port of Montréal

The nine ports of Cruise the Saint Lawrence hosted 387,678 passengers and 151,362 crew members in 2017, and 2018 is projected to be even stronger, with a 30% increase in passenger numbers.

Twenty-six cruise lines, 35 ships

The season began in May with calls by Holland America Line and Hurtigruten. This year 26 lines are scheduled to deploy 35 ships to the St. Lawrence for a combined direct and indirect economic impact of more than $500m.

Cruise the Saint Lawrence said this strong growth shows Québec is succeeding in carving out a place in the international cruise industry and distinguishing itself as a must-see destination.

Election of officers

At the June annual general meeting of the board of directors of Cruise the Saint Lawrence, association members elected Tony Boemi of Port of Montréal to a two-year term as president, with Nancy Houley of Port of Québec continuing as vice president and Renée Dumas of Cruise Baie-Comeau named secretary-treasurer.

Cruise the Saint Lawrence has the support of partners Tourism Québec, Québec Tourism Industry Alliance and Industry, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Posted 25 July 2018

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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